Proper nutrition for our horses at each stage of their lives and activity levels is important for a long healthy live. In this section you will find fact sheets and articles that will aid in the education of proper nutrition and issues that can occur in the horse’s health.

 

Hind Gut Acidosis and the Lameness Link Poor Hind Gut Function is an overlooked source of some unsoundness and Hoof Quality Issues in Equines.
The Season For Digestive Health Challenges During the fall and winter months, some horses experience an unwelcome problem – loose stools and even diarrhea.  Some of these horses will exhibit behaviour issues, mild abdominal discomfort, are gassy and may dribble after passing manure.  A few of them develop chronic gastrointestinal problems year-round.
Probiotics in Horse by Dr Laura Taylor, DVM There is an old saying, “No foot, no horse.”  A strong case can be also made for “No gut, no horse.”  In the wild, a horse moves up to 15 miles in a day and eats for 18 to 20 hours per day.

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NSAIDs – What Are They Doing In My Horse?

Banamine, Bute, Previcox…do you know why they are so detrimental to the intestinal tract?  NSAIDs can be a very useful treatment tool; however, their use is not always appropriate or warranted for many routine surgical procedures or injuries.  Choose wisely about using them on your horse and be fully aware of what unseen side effects are occurring.

Feeding Senior Horses

When Senior horses are mentioned several terms and images come to mind.  Terms such as old, geriatric, aged or mature.Images often come to mind of horses that are either too fat or too thin.As a general rule horses tend to slow down a bit into their teens.  There are many factors that influence the condition and well-being of older horse.The healthy older horses dietary requirements are not all that different than a mature adult horse.The geriatric older horse may have significant nutrition and care needs
Summary of Stereotypic Behaviours Horses evolved as a prey animal which spends most of its time grazing, travelling over 80 km per day (Harris et al).  The natural environment is rich in visual, and auditory stimulation to which the horses adaptation was essential for its survival.  A social herd developed as an added survival mechanism.  The continual grazing provided locomotion and continual gut full of its small stomach.  The stabled life of the modern horse is far from this nomadic natural life.  Read More..

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 Acid Splash Does your horse sometimes act grumpy or resistant when asked to go to work or get into the trailer? The reason may be acid splash.
 Is Your Feeding Program up to Snuff When was the last time you evaluated what your horse is being fed?  The nutritional needs of horses actually change quite frequently, and I always recommend a thorough evaluation of the forage, concentrate and supplements being fed to a horse every four months. Think about it, something has probably changed the nutritional requirements of almost every horse within the last four months.  A mare was pregnant, now she is lactating.  A horse is working hard showing in the summer whereas come winter he is turned out or given time off.  A horse was racing and is now being trail ridden.  A foal was nursing and is now weaned and must eat all on his own.  All of these scenarios exemplify how as the daily routine of the horse changes, so must his feeding program.  So, it’s time to ask yourself “Is my feeding program properly meeting the nutrient requirements of my horse?”
All horses require fiber in their diet.  Insufficient dietary forage can lead to several digestive issues (such as colic, ulcers) and behavioural vices (such as cribbing,).  This need is most commonly met with pasture and/or hay.  However, with the hay potentially being in short supply alternative fibre sources must be found.  So how can you provide a diet still strong in fibre to your horses?Alternative fibre sources such as Hay cubes, soy hull pellets, beet pulp, hay extender pellets and complete feed may help. Alternative Forage SourcesBeet pulp

Soy hulls

Hay Cubes

Mycotoxins are harmful secondary compounds produced by molds and other fungi.  They can be formed in both the field before and during harvest as well as during storage.  Horses are exposed when eating feed ingredients, pasture, or hay.  This article describes the mycotoxins that can occur in your horses environment, signs to watch for and management strategies to minimize exposure.   MYCOTOXINS FACT SHEET

Pasture to Hay Getting ready for winter.  The hay has been stored or purchased.  When a horse moves from summer pasture to winter hay, what are the differences in the nutritional needs of your horse.